NPM Board member

Professor Jim Metson

Deputy Vice Chancellor - Research
The University of Auckland

Professor Jim Metson graduated with PhD in Chemistry from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand in 1980, before taking up a position at Surface Science Western, University of Western Ontario, Canada.

He then moved to the University of Auckland, New Zealand, where he has held several positions including a term as Associate Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research). 

Professor Rawinia Higgins

Victoria University of Wellington

Professor Rawinia Higgins was appointed Te Tumu Ahurei (Māori) / Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Māori) of Victoria University of Wellington in 2016.  She was previously Victoria’s Assistant Vice-Chancellor Māori Research and Head of School for Te Kawa a Māui / School of Māori Studies and went to Victoria as a senior lecturer in 2009 after holding academic positions at the University of Otago for 12 years. Her research expertise is Māori language revitalisation and, more specifically, language planning and policy.

Associate Professor Te Manahau (Scotty) Morrison

Ngāti Whakaue
Massey University

Scotty is well-known presenter of Māori current affairs programmes Te Karere and Marae Investigates. He holds a Diploma of Teaching, Bachelor of Education and Masters degree (Education) from the University of Waikato, is currently working towards his PhD at Massey University and was recently appointed as Associate Professor Massey University.

Kerensa Johnston (Chair)

Ngāti Tama, Ngāruahine, Te Ātiawa, Ngāti Whāwhakia

Kerensa Johnston is Chief Executive of the Nelson based Wakatū Incorporation, which she joined as its General Counsel in December 2012. Founded in 1977, Wakatū has approximately 4,000 shareholders who descend from the original Māori land owners of the Nelson, Tasman and Golden Bay Regions – Te Tau Ihu.